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*** Camilla, as royalty, also has an entire platoon of soldiers who have abilities that activate upon death. Each of them has been assigned one of the other 13 princes or princesses--Camilla's brothers and sisters--and trained themselves [[ThePowerOfHate to hate their designated prince or princess as much as possible]] while carrying a photograph and a small piece of something that belonged to them, such as a scrap of clothing. They then burn that object and kill themselves, and depending on proximity to their target and how long they have been building this up, inflict an ArmorPiercingAttack that, if the prince or princess survives, [[{{Curse}} renders him or her permanently weak and defenseless]].

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*** ** Camilla, as royalty, also has an entire platoon of soldiers who have abilities that activate upon death. Each of them has been assigned one of the other 13 princes or princesses--Camilla's brothers and sisters--and trained themselves [[ThePowerOfHate to hate their designated prince or princess as much as possible]] while carrying a photograph and a small piece of something that belonged to them, such as a scrap of clothing. They then burn that object and kill themselves, and depending on proximity to their target and how long they have been building this up, inflict an ArmorPiercingAttack that, if the prince or princess survives, [[{{Curse}} renders him or her permanently weak and defenseless]].



* Doomsday from ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' was engineered to come back from death stronger, each time improved to resist whatever killed him last time. And then dropped onto a DeathWorld by its creator. [[GoneHorriblyRight What could]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard possibly go wrong?]]
** Technically Superman himself has this, as before his fight with Doomsday he had no idea that he'd enter a state equal to human death to heal. It ends subverted, as the Eradicator explained that the circumstances were unrepeatable.

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Doomsday from ''Comicbook/{{Superman}}'' from was engineered to come back from death stronger, each time improved to resist whatever killed him last time. And then dropped onto a DeathWorld by its creator. [[GoneHorriblyRight What could]] [[HoistByHisOwnPetard possibly go wrong?]]
** Technically Superman himself has this, as before his fight with Doomsday he had no idea that he'd enter a state equal to human death to heal. It ends subverted, as the Eradicator explained that the circumstances were unrepeatable.



* Marvel's ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers had Mr. Immortal, whose only superpower was the ability to come back from the dead. He only learned that he had this power after he [[DrivenToSuicide tried to kill himself]].

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* Marvel's ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers ''ComicBook/GreatLakesAvengers'' had Mr. Immortal, whose only superpower was the ability to come back from the dead. He only learned that he had this power after he [[DrivenToSuicide tried to kill himself]].



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* There are ''several'' ''Manga/DeathNote'' fics based on the idea that when it says writing a name in a Death Note means you go to neither heaven nor hell it means you become a shinigami. Like the fic "FanFic/ThePrinceOfDeath" or the {{Doujinshi}} "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s7AlebtdkM God's Eye]]."
* In "Nexus", for Jack to have finished his transformation into a half-demon, he had to die first.

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* There are ''several'' ''Manga/DeathNote'' fics based on the idea that when it says writing a name in a Death Note means you go to neither heaven nor hell it means you become a shinigami. Like the fic "FanFic/ThePrinceOfDeath" ''FanFic/ThePrinceOfDeath'' or the {{Doujinshi}} "[[https://www.''[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s7AlebtdkM God's Eye]]."
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* In "Nexus", ''Nexus'', for Jack to have finished his transformation into a half-demon, he had to die first.



* This is how the immortality of ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' characters is triggered in both the movies and series. And it must be a violent death.
** A bit of an inversion, however, as an immortal is only quasi-immortal, and upon being killed permanently by another immortal their power is absorbed by the one who killed them.
* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', the shock of dying in the Matrix is the last stimulus required to awaken Neo's powers.
** The trope technically also applies to Agent Smith as well, as Smith's "deletion" at the hands of Neo shortly after his powers as The One awakened was what resulted in his ability to [[MesACrowd duplicate himself]] and [[TheVirus take over Redpills and Bluepills alike]].

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* This is how the immortality of ''Franchise/{{Highlander}}'' characters is triggered in both the movies and series. And it must be a violent death.
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death. A bit of an inversion, however, as an immortal is only quasi-immortal, and upon being killed permanently by another immortal their power is absorbed by the one who killed them.
* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', the ''Film/TheMatrix'':
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shock of dying in the Matrix is the last stimulus required to awaken Neo's powers.
** The trope technically also applies to Agent Smith as well, as Smith's "deletion" at the hands of Neo shortly after his powers as The One awakened was what resulted in his ability to [[MesACrowd duplicate himself]] and [[TheVirus take over Redpills and Bluepills alike]].



** [[TheNthDoctor Time Lord regeneration]]. You get a new personality, temporary extreme regenerative abilities (you can regrow limbs), and an explodey light show which can be weaponised. Downsides include the death of your old personality, and temporary mental issues that go away after exactly one episode (or 'story' for the original run of the show).
*** The downside is really only brought up by the Tenth Doctor at the end of his life, hammered home by his last words: "I don't want to go."
*** It ''might'' be possible to regenerate without dying first; the Doctor has used some regeneration energy for other purposes a couple of times. And then there's the whole issue of Romana's repeated regenerations in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E1DestinyOfTheDaleks "Destiny of the Daleks"]], where she takes on multiple new bodies in a row, apparently because she just felt like a change. The reasons for this and how it's possible have been addressed in works of dubious canonicity, and the show tends to pretend it never happened.
** Jack Harkness is a fact of the universe, and hence it will never allow him to permanently die. As a result, he is immediately resurrected to the same state he was before his first death (more or less perfect health), with all physical and mental traumas healed.
*** Apparently, being a "fact of the universe" doesn't prevent a giant hole in the Earth from making him mortal.
*** He does mention at one point that his hair is slowly turning grey, so he may still be aging, just extremely slowly (he spends nearly 2000 years buried alive and comes out looking the same).

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** [[TheNthDoctor Time Lord regeneration]]. You get a new personality, temporary extreme regenerative abilities (you can regrow limbs), and an explodey light show which can be weaponised. Downsides include the death of your old personality, personality (hammered home by the Tenth Doctor's last words: "I don't want to go."), and temporary mental issues that go away after exactly one episode (or 'story' for the original run of the show).
*** The downside is really only brought up by the Tenth Doctor at the end of his life, hammered home by his last words: "I don't want to go."
*** It ''might'' be possible to regenerate without dying first; the Doctor has used some regeneration energy for other purposes a couple of times. And then there's the whole issue of
** Romana's repeated regenerations in [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E1DestinyOfTheDaleks "Destiny of the Daleks"]], where she takes on multiple new bodies in a row, apparently because she just felt like a change. The reasons for this and how it's possible have been addressed in works of dubious canonicity, and the show tends to pretend it never happened.
** Jack Harkness is a fact of the universe, and hence it will never allow him to permanently die. As a result, he is immediately resurrected to the same state he was before his first death (more or less perfect health), with all physical and mental traumas healed.
*** Apparently, being a "fact of the universe" doesn't prevent a giant hole in the Earth from making him mortal.
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healed. He does mention at one point that his hair is slowly turning grey, so he may still be aging, just extremely slowly (he spends nearly 2000 years buried alive and comes out looking the same).



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* ''Roleplay/DawnOfANewAgeOldportBlues'':
** Barbra's power, inspired by Doomsday of ''ComicBook/{{Superman}}'' fame, gives her an immunity to anything that kills her. Obviously, this can only take effect when she dies.
** Nadine has multiple lives, meaning she can regenerate in a new body after she passes away. Naturally, she needs to die first to activate it.
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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has a spell called Contingency, that can do this if you know another spell that would be helpful. Though, the condition for activating the second spell can be just about ''anything'' -- it doesn't ''have'' to be your death. On the other hand, the spell gets triggered when the specified condition occurs, whether you ''want'' it to [[GoneHorriblyRight go off at that moment]] or not.

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* ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'' has a ''TabletopGame/DungeonsAndDragons'':
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spell called Contingency, that Contingency can do this if you know another spell that would be helpful. Though, the condition for activating the second spell can be just about ''anything'' -- it doesn't ''have'' to be your death. On the other hand, the spell gets triggered when the specified condition occurs, whether you ''want'' it to [[GoneHorriblyRight go off at that moment]] or not.



* There are several ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' cards which have abilities which activate on conditions which would normally cost you the game. There are even more creatures whose abilities activate when the creature is killed, such as black creatures that force the opponent to discard or red phoenixes that serve up fiery death to every creature on the board (and can be [[DeathIsCheap brought back to do it again]]).

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There are several ''TabletopGame/MagicTheGathering'' cards which have abilities which activate on conditions which would normally cost you the game. There are even more creatures whose abilities activate when the creature is killed, such as black creatures that force the opponent to discard or red phoenixes that serve up fiery death to every creature on the board (and can be [[DeathIsCheap brought back to do it again]]).



* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': One of the [[Literature/SpaceWolf Space Wolves]] characters has a stasis bomb in place of a second heart. When he dies, the bomb activates and all models in base contact are removed from the game. Including [[HumongousMecha Titans]]. All affected are locked in a time loop, and forced to listen to his last laugh. Forever.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': ''TabletopGame/Warhammer40000'':
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One of the [[Literature/SpaceWolf Space Wolves]] characters has a stasis bomb in place of a second heart. When he dies, the bomb activates and all models in base contact are removed from the game. Including [[HumongousMecha Titans]]. All affected are locked in a time loop, and forced to listen to his last laugh. Forever.



* In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', Scarmiglione, [[DishingOutDirt Archfiend of Earth]], originally appears as a hooded figure, and is a fairly simple boss. However, after being defeated he declares that his [[OneWingedAngel true power]] lies in death and resurrects as a far more powerful undead monstrosity. Fortunately, ReviveKillsZombie and after that, he stays down.
** A Behemoth encountered in the Cave On the Veldt in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' does the same thing.
* In ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'' there is the Final Attack Materia, which lets you cast the spell/effect of any materia it is linked to... Including The [[AutoRevive Life Spell or Phoenix Summon]], meaning that as long as you have enough MP, you simply will not die (and with the correct materia combination to draw MP from anything, you are basically immortal).
** The Final Attack materia is limited to five "uses" per battle when fully leveled up, however. Using the combination twice on the same character might work, or it might make him cast the spell twice when dying instead.

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In ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyIV'', Scarmiglione, [[DishingOutDirt Archfiend of Earth]], originally appears as a hooded figure, and is a fairly simple boss. However, after being defeated he declares that his [[OneWingedAngel true power]] lies in death and resurrects as a far more powerful undead monstrosity. Fortunately, ReviveKillsZombie and after that, he stays down.
** A Behemoth encountered in the Cave On the Veldt in ''VideoGame/FinalFantasyVI'' does the same thing.
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will also resurrect as a stronger, undead monster once it's killed.
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In ''Videogame/FinalFantasyVII'' there is the Final Attack Materia, which lets you cast the spell/effect of any materia it is linked to... Including The including the [[AutoRevive Life Spell or Phoenix Summon]], meaning that as long as you have enough MP, you simply will not die (and with the correct materia combination to draw MP from anything, you are basically immortal).
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immortal). The Final Attack materia is limited to five "uses" per battle when fully leveled up, however. Using the combination twice on the same character might work, or it might make him cast the spell twice when dying instead.however.



* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has the move Destiny Bond, which, when used, causes the Pokemon who K.O's the user to be instantly K.O'ed if Destiny Bond was the last move used by the user. It directly ties in with the "death" (or in this case, "knockout") of the user - if the user isn't knocked out, the move is completely harmless. This can be extremely useful in competitive play, as it allows a badly injured Mon nearing the end of its usefulness to quickly and efficiently [[TakingYouwithMe take down a key opponent.]]

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* ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'' has the ''Franchise/{{Pokemon}}'':
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move Destiny Bond, which, when used, causes the Pokemon who K.O's the user to be instantly K.O'ed if Destiny Bond was the last move used by the user. It directly ties in with the "death" (or in this case, "knockout") of the user - if the user isn't knocked out, the move is completely harmless. This can be extremely useful in competitive play, as it allows a badly injured Mon nearing the end of its usefulness to quickly and efficiently [[TakingYouwithMe take down a key opponent.]]



** Other moves induce the death themselves. Memento lowers the opponent's stats upon death. Healing Wish restores HP to the Pokémon that switches out for the one that just fainted. Lunar Dance, only useable by Cresselia, restores both HP and MP and removes status conditions for its replacement.

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** Other moves induce the death themselves. Memento lowers the opponent's stats upon death. Healing Wish restores HP to the Pokémon that switches out for the one that just fainted. Lunar Dance, only useable by Cresselia, restores both HP and MP PP and removes status conditions for its replacement.



* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', the priest class has a talent technically called Spirit of Redemption, but usually referred to as [[FanNickname Improved Death]]. When the priest is killed, they temporarily become a [[OurAngelsAreDifferent spirit healer]] which allows casting of all healing spells at no mana cost.

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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', the ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'':
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priest class has a talent technically called Spirit of Redemption, but usually referred to as [[FanNickname Improved Death]]. When the priest is killed, they temporarily become a [[OurAngelsAreDifferent spirit healer]] which allows casting of all healing spells at no mana cost.



* In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Fantastic Easter Special" (a parody of ''Film/TheDaVinciCode''), UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} can resurrect a short distance from where he died. Kyle kills him while they're in jail, allowing Jesus to escape and save the day. Kyle is reluctant to do this, given the whole "Jews killing Jesus" thing and insists that Jesus never tell Cartman about it.
** Mysterion, aka Kenny, also has the power to regenerate upon dying, though whether his superpower is related to Jesus's is never explored.
*** It's implied that this is a C'thulhu-related power, since his parents joined a cult when they were younger.

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In the ''WesternAnimation/SouthPark'' episode "Fantastic Easter Special" (a parody of ''Film/TheDaVinciCode''), UsefulNotes/{{Jesus}} can resurrect a short distance from where he died. Kyle kills him while they're in jail, allowing Jesus to escape and save the day. Kyle is reluctant to do this, given the whole "Jews killing Jesus" thing and insists that Jesus never tell Cartman about it.
** Mysterion, aka Kenny, also has the power to regenerate upon dying, though whether his superpower is related to Jesus's is never explored.
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dying. It's implied that this is a C'thulhu-related power, since his parents joined a cult when they were younger.


* ''ComicBook/{{Blackbird}}'': Paragons ([[NotUsingTheZWord wizards]]) have to die to be initiated into their powers and return to life.

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* In the final arc of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Yusuke revives, unlocking latent demonic powers, after being killed in the demon realm.

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* ''ComicBook/{{Blackbird}}'': Paragons ([[NotUsingTheZWord wizards]]) have to die to be initiated into their powers and return to life.


*** Camilla, as royalty, also has an entire platoon of soldiers who have abilities that activate upon death. Each of them has been assigned one of the other 13 princes or princesses--Camilla's brothers and sisters--and trained themselves [[ThePowerOfHate to hate their designated prince or princess as much as possible]] while carrying a photograph and a small piece of something that belonged to them, such as a scrap of clothing. They then burn that object and kill themselves, and depending on proximity to their target and how long they have been building this up, afflict an ArmorPiercingAttack that, if the prince or princess survives, [[{{Curse}} renders him or her permanently weak and defenseless]].

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*** Camilla, as royalty, also has an entire platoon of soldiers who have abilities that activate upon death. Each of them has been assigned one of the other 13 princes or princesses--Camilla's brothers and sisters--and trained themselves [[ThePowerOfHate to hate their designated prince or princess as much as possible]] while carrying a photograph and a small piece of something that belonged to them, such as a scrap of clothing. They then burn that object and kill themselves, and depending on proximity to their target and how long they have been building this up, afflict inflict an ArmorPiercingAttack that, if the prince or princess survives, [[{{Curse}} renders him or her permanently weak and defenseless]].


* ''Fanfic/{{Nutricula}}'' has this being Izuku's Quirk, with every time he suffers something fatal, he resurrects with a power related to it. Jump off the school? He can fire off powerful bursts of concussive force from his hands. Drowns in the tub? He can spew gallons of water from his mouth. Infected by a deadly illness from an attack by a villain? His blood becomes a natural antibiotic that can cure himself and others of illness such as tetanus. Cut into multiple pieces by a PortalCut? He can survive as a severed head and can deattach/reattach bodyparts at will. And these are only some of the powers he's gained from repeated deaths/resurrections. Though he can only use one at a time, forcing him to switch between them.

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* ''Fanfic/{{Nutricula}}'' has this being Izuku's Quirk, with every time he suffers something fatal, he resurrects with a power related to it. Jump off the school? He can fire off powerful bursts impart a large amount of concussive force from his hands.kinetic energy into an object by impacting it. Drowns in the tub? He can spew gallons of water from his mouth. Infected by a deadly illness from an attack by a villain? His blood becomes a natural antibiotic that can cure himself and others of illness such as tetanus. Cut into multiple pieces by a PortalCut? He can survive as a severed head and can deattach/reattach bodyparts at will. And these are only some of the powers he's gained from repeated deaths/resurrections. Though he can only use one at a time, forcing him to switch between them.

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* ''Fanfic/{{Nutricula}}'' has this being Izuku's Quirk, with every time he suffers something fatal, he resurrects with a power related to it. Jump off the school? He can fire off powerful bursts of concussive force from his hands. Drowns in the tub? He can spew gallons of water from his mouth. Infected by a deadly illness from an attack by a villain? His blood becomes a natural antibiotic that can cure himself and others of illness such as tetanus. Cut into multiple pieces by a PortalCut? He can survive as a severed head and can deattach/reattach bodyparts at will. And these are only some of the powers he's gained from repeated deaths/resurrections. Though he can only use one at a time, forcing him to switch between them.


** Brook's power only activates when he dies. At first it seemed like the power to come back to life ''once''. Considering the setting, this would normally make him a normal human with SuperDrowningSkills. However, when he died the first time, a string of coincidences left him reanimating as a living skeleton, with enhanced longevity, speed, and other related skills. This later turned out to be a serious case of MagikarpPower, as the TimeSkip allowed Brook to seriously examine his powers, letting him learn that he can now separate his soul from his body at will (giving him the ability to perform flawless reconnaissance) and learned a new ultimate attack that coats his sword in the cold flames of hell to directly cut at an opponent's soul.

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** Brook's power only activates when he dies. At first it seemed like the power to come back to life ''once''. Considering the setting, this would normally make him a normal human with SuperDrowningSkills. However, when he died the first time, a string of coincidences left him reanimating as a living skeleton, with enhanced longevity, speed, and other related skills. This later turned out to be a serious case of MagikarpPower, as the The TimeSkip allowed Brook to seriously examine his powers, letting him learn that he'd [[PowerMisidentification misjudged what he can now was capable of]]: turns out he has a [[SoulPower general control of his own soul]], letting him separate his soul from his body at will (giving him the ability to perform flawless reconnaissance) and learned a new ultimate attack that coats his sword in the cold flames of hell to directly cut at an opponent's soul.


* ''Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventure'': Notorious B.I.G. is a Stand summoned by the death of its user. This, incidentally, makes it indestructible; to stop the Stand, you have to stop its user, and B.I.G. no longer ''has'' one.
** Used earlier in Part 4, as well. The Stand Stray Cat's user is a cat who dies in an accident. After being buried, the cat is brought back to life as a [[{{Planimal}} cat-like flower]] growing on its own burial ground - and more importantly, it gains access to powerful [[BlowYouAway aerokinetic powers]]. Despite being immobile, it proves a deadly threat both to [[BigBad Kira]] and the heroes.

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** Used earlier in In [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureDiamondIsUnbreakable Part 4, as well. The 4]], the Stand Stray Cat's user is a cat who dies in an accident. After being buried, the cat is brought back to life as a [[{{Planimal}} cat-like flower]] growing on its own burial ground - and more importantly, it gains access to powerful [[BlowYouAway aerokinetic powers]]. Despite being immobile, it proves a deadly threat both to [[BigBad Kira]] and the heroes.heroes.
** In [[Manga/JoJosBizarreAdventureVentoAureo Part 5]], Notorious B.I.G. is a Stand summoned by the death of its user. This, incidentally, makes it indestructible; to stop the Stand, you have to stop its user, and B.I.G. no longer ''has'' one.

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* ''Fanfic/EquestriaGirlsFriendshipSouls'' reveals that [[spoiler:Applejack's father Hard Nail was attacked by a strange Hollow and infected by its bite (much like how [[Manga/{{Bleach}} Ichigo's mother Misaki was bitten and infected by the proto-Arrancar White]]), but the infection was contained in his soul and he didn't develop any spiritual powers during his life. When he died, however, that infection and the power that came with it went out of control and his soul was mutated so rapidly that he achieved Arrancar status and enough power to be recognized as the ''Fourth Espada'' only a few years after death. A shame [[AxCrazy it's come at a cost of mental stability]] only barely held in check [[PapaWolf by his care for his adopted Hollow children]].]]


** Camilla's [[LifeForce Nen]] ability, The Cat with a Million Lives, manifests when Camilla is killed. It drains the life of her killer and transfers the life force into her, allowing her to return back to life and undoing any physical damage on her.
*** Camilla, as royalty, also has an entire platoon of soldiers who have abilities that activate upon death. Each of them has been assigned one of the other 13 princes or princesses--Camilla's brothers and sisters--and trained themselves [[ThePowerOfHate to hate their designated prince or princess as much as possible]] while carrying a photograph and a small piece of something that belonged to them, such as a scrap of clothing. They then burn that object and kill themselves, and depending on proximity to their target and how long they have been building this up, afflict an ArmorPiercingAttack that, if the prince or princess survives, renders him or her permanently weak and defenseless.

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** Camilla's [[LifeForce Nen]] ability, The Cat with a Million Lives, manifests when Camilla is killed. It drains the life of her killer and transfers the life force into her, allowing her to [[ResurrectiveImmortality return back to life and undoing any physical damage on her.
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*** Camilla, as royalty, also has an entire platoon of soldiers who have abilities that activate upon death. Each of them has been assigned one of the other 13 princes or princesses--Camilla's brothers and sisters--and trained themselves [[ThePowerOfHate to hate their designated prince or princess as much as possible]] while carrying a photograph and a small piece of something that belonged to them, such as a scrap of clothing. They then burn that object and kill themselves, and depending on proximity to their target and how long they have been building this up, afflict an ArmorPiercingAttack that, if the prince or princess survives, [[{{Curse}} renders him or her permanently weak and defenseless.defenseless]].


* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', Camilla's [[LifeForce Nen]] ability, The Cat with a Million Lives, manifests when Camilla is killed. It drains the life of her killer and transfers the life force into her, allowing her to return back to life and undoing any physical damage on her.

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*** Camilla, as royalty, also has an entire platoon of soldiers who have abilities that activate upon death. Each of them has been assigned one of the other 13 princes or princesses--Camilla's brothers and sisters--and trained themselves [[ThePowerOfHate to hate their designated prince or princess as much as possible]] while carrying a photograph and a small piece of something that belonged to them, such as a scrap of clothing. They then burn that object and kill themselves, and depending on proximity to their target and how long they have been building this up, afflict an ArmorPiercingAttack that, if the prince or princess survives, renders him or her permanently weak and defenseless.

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* In ''Webcomic/ThePowerpuffGirlsReimagined'' changes the girls origin story from being {{artificial human}}s who gained their powers from [[ChemistryCanDoAnything Chemical-X]] accidentally being added to the formula that created them, to being The Professors unborn children ''who were murdered'' before birth and later brought back by The Professor, with their powers being side-effect of this process.


* In ''Series/{{Misfits}}'', Nathan's HealingFactor only works on wounds that kill him.


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* In the manga of ''Manga/SoulEater'', Maka's final form is activated because Asura impales her.
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** Brook's power only activates when he dies. At first it seemed like the power to come back to life ''once''. Considering the setting, this would normally make him a normal human with SuperDrowningSkills. However, when he died the first time, a string of coincidences left him reanimating as a living skeleton, with enhanced longevity, speed, and other related skills. This later turned out to be a serious case of MagikarpPower, as the TimeSkip allowed Brook to seriously examine his powers, letting him learn that he can now separate his soul from his body at will (giving him the ability to perform flawless reconnaissance) and learned a new ultimate attack that coats his sword in the cold flames of hell to directly cut at an opponent's soul.
** Baron Tamago's power, the Egg-Egg fruit, allows him to be reborn as newer, stronger forms, but he can ''only'' switch between them if he's physically killed, be it bisecting him, smashing him, or whatever would crack the "shell" that is his body and spill the yolk inside from which the next incarnation is actually born. And if the strongest incarnation (the rooster form) is killed, he goes back to his base from in the same manner.



* ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'': You remember how they've been trying to kill Pacifica to stop her from becoming "[[ApocalypseMaiden the Poison That Destroys The World]]"? Turns out the power automatically activates when she dies several hours before it was meant to activate naturally; it isn't clear whether she would have had to die to activate the powers under other circumstances or not.



* ''Manga/RebirthTheLunaticTaker'' is essentially TheSeries of this trope. Every Taker has died while holding onto a special trinket that gives them a second life and abilities to fight with. However they also get a counter for how many days they have left to live and the only way to get more days is to either kill Angels or other Takers.
* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'': In order to finish his Food Honor training and master Food Immersion, Toriko goes off to obtain the Bubble Fruit, which only appears for those that show absolute gratitude for food. Toriko had to actually die of starvation in order to realize his gratefulness for food and reach Food Immersion, then obtaining the Bubble Fruit.

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* ''Manga/RebirthTheLunaticTaker'' In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', Camilla's [[LifeForce Nen]] ability, The Cat with a Million Lives, manifests when Camilla is essentially TheSeries killed. It drains the life of this trope. Every Taker has died while holding onto a special trinket that gives them a second her killer and transfers the life force into her, allowing her to return back to life and abilities to fight with. However they also get a counter for how many days they have left to live and the only way to get more days is to either kill Angels or other Takers.
* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'': In order to finish his Food Honor training and master Food Immersion, Toriko goes off to obtain the Bubble Fruit, which only appears for those that show absolute gratitude for food. Toriko had to actually die of starvation in order to realize his gratefulness for food and reach Food Immersion, then obtaining the Bubble Fruit.
undoing any physical damage on her.



* In the final arc of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Yusuke revives, unlocking latent demonic powers, after being killed in the demon realm.

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* In ''Manga/OnePiece''
** Brook's power only activates when he dies. At first it seemed like
the final arc power to come back to life ''once''. Considering the setting, this would normally make him a normal human with SuperDrowningSkills. However, when he died the first time, a string of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Yusuke revives, unlocking latent demonic coincidences left him reanimating as a living skeleton, with enhanced longevity, speed, and other related skills. This later turned out to be a serious case of MagikarpPower, as the TimeSkip allowed Brook to seriously examine his powers, after being killed letting him learn that he can now separate his soul from his body at will (giving him the ability to perform flawless reconnaissance) and learned a new ultimate attack that coats his sword in the demon realm.cold flames of hell to directly cut at an opponent's soul.
** Baron Tamago's power, the Egg-Egg fruit, allows him to be reborn as newer, stronger forms, but he can ''only'' switch between them if he's physically killed, be it bisecting him, smashing him, or whatever would crack the "shell" that is his body and spill the yolk inside from which the next incarnation is actually born. And if the strongest incarnation (the rooster form) is killed, he goes back to his base from in the same manner.
* ''Manga/RebirthTheLunaticTaker'' is essentially TheSeries of this trope. Every Taker has died while holding onto a special trinket that gives them a second life and abilities to fight with. However they also get a counter for how many days they have left to live and the only way to get more days is to either kill Angels or other Takers.
* In ''Anime/ReZero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu'', Natsuki Subaru's ability is to return to a "save point" after death. His save points are unpredictable and can change at any time against his will. This power often leads many people confused about his mentality and emotions, as Subaru is unable to speak of it.



* ''LightNovel/ScrappedPrincess'': You remember how they've been trying to kill Pacifica to stop her from becoming "[[ApocalypseMaiden the Poison That Destroys The World]]"? Turns out the power automatically activates when she dies several hours before it was meant to activate naturally; it isn't clear whether she would have had to die to activate the powers under other circumstances or not.
* In the manga of ''Manga/SoulEater'', Maka's final form is activated because Asura impales her.
* ''Manga/{{Toriko}}'': In order to finish his Food Honor training and master Food Immersion, Toriko goes off to obtain the Bubble Fruit, which only appears for those that show absolute gratitude for food. Toriko had to actually die of starvation in order to realize his gratefulness for food and reach Food Immersion, then obtaining the Bubble Fruit.



* In ''Anime/ReZero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu'', Natsuki Subaru's ability is to return to a "save point" after death. His save points are unpredictable and can change at any time against his will. This power often leads many people confused about his mentality and emotions, as Subaru is unable to speak of it.
* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', Camilla's [[LifeForce Nen]] ability, The Cat with a Million Lives, manifests when Camilla is killed. It drains the life of her killer and transfers the life force into her, allowing her to return back to life and undoing any physical damage on her.

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* In ''Anime/ReZero kara Hajimeru Isekai Seikatsu'', Natsuki Subaru's ability is to return to a "save point" the final arc of ''Manga/YuYuHakusho'', Yusuke revives, unlocking latent demonic powers, after death. His save points are unpredictable and can change at any time against his will. This power often leads many people confused about his mentality and emotions, as Subaru is unable to speak of it.
* In ''Manga/HunterXHunter'', Camilla's [[LifeForce Nen]] ability, The Cat with a Million Lives, manifests when Camilla is killed. It drains
being killed in the life of her killer and transfers the life force into her, allowing her to return back to life and undoing any physical damage on her.demon realm.



* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'':
** Dr Manhattan gained his powers by being ''disintegrated''.
** When the "squid" died by TeleFrag it went off like a psi-bomb. It [[spoiler: killed half the population of New York]] and gave survivors and those out of range horrific visions of a Lovecraftian alien invasion.
* ComicBook/ResurrectionMan from DC Comics has the ability to come back to life with a new power when he's killed.

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!!DC Universe:
* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'':
** Dr Manhattan gained
The little-known Creator/DCComics character ''Deadman'' qualifies. Once a daredevil acrobat, he kept his small circus running by providing a ghoulish spectacle -- performing death-defying stunts and high-wire acts without a safety-net while wearing ghoulish makeup, luring in the crowds with the prospect of seeing him die. Then he got killed by some criminals who were using his circus as a front for a drug-smuggling operation, but came back -- apparently due to being 'Favored by Rama Kushna', according to the circus's resident Indian fortune-teller and rope-trick master. Now he's a ghost, and thus wields a host of useful powers by being ''disintegrated''.
** When the "squid" died by TeleFrag it went off like a psi-bomb. It [[spoiler: killed half the population of New York]] and gave survivors and those out of range horrific visions of a Lovecraftian alien invasion.
* ComicBook/ResurrectionMan from DC Comics has
-- including the ability to come back to life possess and control others. With this newfound power, he fights crime -- starting with a new power when he's killed.solving his own murder...



* The Phoenix Force from ''ComicBook/XMen'' is supposed to work this way: it activates when the wielder dies (or is about to die) and imbues them with abilities they never possessed before. You must be a compatible psychic host for the entity to possess you, however. To date, ComicBook/JeanGrey has been the favorite choice, [[DeathIsCheap unfortunately for her...]].
* ComicBook/NormanOsborn, aka the Green Goblin, discovered his HealingFactor after he was fatally wounded by his own glider in the battle against Spider-Man in the "Death of Gwen Stacy" storyline.
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} attempted to defeat cancer with a HealingFactor that didn't seem to work - until a fatal injury forced it to work at full power.

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* The Phoenix Force ComicBook/ResurrectionMan from ''ComicBook/XMen'' is supposed to work this way: it activates when DC Comics has the wielder dies (or is about ability to die) and imbues them with abilities they never possessed before. You must be a compatible psychic host for the entity come back to possess you, however. To date, ComicBook/JeanGrey has been the favorite choice, [[DeathIsCheap unfortunately for her...]].
* ComicBook/NormanOsborn, aka the Green Goblin, discovered his HealingFactor after he was fatally wounded by his own glider in the battle against Spider-Man in the "Death of Gwen Stacy" storyline.
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} attempted to defeat cancer
life with a HealingFactor that didn't seem to work - until a fatal injury forced it to work at full power.new power when he's killed.



* ''ComicBook/{{Watchmen}}'':
** Dr Manhattan gained his powers by being ''disintegrated''.
** When the "squid" died by TeleFrag it went off like a psi-bomb. It [[spoiler: killed half the population of New York]] and gave survivors and those out of range horrific visions of a Lovecraftian alien invasion.

!!Marvel Universe
* In ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'', Nico Minoru is given an extreme power boost after casting a spell in a near-death state.
* SelfDemonstrating/{{Deadpool}} attempted to defeat cancer with a HealingFactor that didn't seem to work - until a fatal injury forced it to work at full power.



* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', AIQ Squared learns the hard way that Siphon has this.
* In ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'', Nico Minoru is given an extreme power boost after casting a spell in a near-death state.

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* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', AIQ Squared learns ComicBook/NormanOsborn, aka the hard way that Siphon has this.
* In ''ComicBook/AvengersArena'', Nico Minoru is given an extreme power boost
Green Goblin, discovered his HealingFactor after casting a spell he was fatally wounded by his own glider in a near-death state.the battle against Spider-Man in the "Death of Gwen Stacy" storyline.



* The little-known Creator/DCComics character ''Deadman'' qualifies. Once a daredevil acrobat, he kept his small circus running by providing a ghoulish spectacle -- performing death-defying stunts and high-wire acts without a safety-net while wearing ghoulish makeup, luring in the crowds with the prospect of seeing him die. Then he got killed by some criminals who were using his circus as a front for a drug-smuggling operation, but came back -- apparently due to being 'Favored by Rama Kushna', according to the circus's resident Indian fortune-teller and rope-trick master. Now he's a ghost, and thus wields a host of useful powers -- including the ability to possess and control others. With this newfound power, he fights crime -- starting with solving his own murder...

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* The little-known Creator/DCComics character ''Deadman'' qualifies. Once a daredevil acrobat, he kept his small circus running by providing a ghoulish spectacle -- performing death-defying stunts Phoenix Force from ''ComicBook/XMen'' is supposed to work this way: it activates when the wielder dies (or is about to die) and high-wire acts without a safety-net while wearing ghoulish makeup, luring in the crowds imbues them with the prospect of seeing him die. Then he got killed by some criminals who were using his circus as abilities they never possessed before. You must be a front for a drug-smuggling operation, but came back -- apparently due to being 'Favored by Rama Kushna', according to the circus's resident Indian fortune-teller and rope-trick master. Now he's a ghost, and thus wields a compatible psychic host of useful powers -- including for the ability entity to possess and control others. With this newfound power, he fights crime -- starting with solving his own murder...you, however. To date, ComicBook/JeanGrey has been the favorite choice, [[DeathIsCheap unfortunately for her...]].

!!Other
* In ''ComicBook/AllFallDown'', AIQ Squared learns the hard way that Siphon has this.



* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'': At the end of chapter 70, [[spoiler: Harry]] is killed by Comicbook/{{Daken}}. At the start of chapter 71 [[spoiler: the Phoenix resurrects him and promptly goes on a rampage.]]
* There are ''several'' ''Manga/DeathNote'' fics based on the idea that when it says writing a name in a Death Note means you go to neither heaven nor hell it means you become a shinigami. Like the fic "FanFic/ThePrinceOfDeath" or the {{Doujinshi}} "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s7AlebtdkM God's Eye]]."



* There are ''several'' ''Manga/DeathNote'' fics based on the idea that when it says writing a name in a Death Note means you go to neither heaven nor hell it means you become a shinigami. Like the fic "FanFic/ThePrinceOfDeath" or the {{Doujinshi}} "[[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8s7AlebtdkM God's Eye]]."
* ''Fanfic/ChildOfTheStorm'': At the end of chapter 70, [[spoiler: Harry]] is killed by Comicbook/{{Daken}}. At the start of chapter 71 [[spoiler: the Phoenix resurrects him and promptly goes on a rampage.]]



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* Jedi "Force Ghosts" in ''Franchise/StarWars''. Pro: you ascend to immortality as an incorporeal, almost indestructible [[EnergyBeings blue glowy spirit]]. Con: you have to die to achieve this, and can apparently only communicate with living people in certain locations.
* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', the shock of dying in the Matrix is the last stimulus required to awaken Neo's powers.
** The trope technically also applies to Agent Smith as well, as Smith's "deletion" at the hands of Neo shortly after his powers as The One awakened was what resulted in his ability to [[MesACrowd duplicate himself]] and [[TheVirus take over Redpills and Bluepills alike]].

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* Jedi "Force Ghosts" in ''Franchise/StarWars''. Pro: you ascend to immortality as an incorporeal, almost indestructible [[EnergyBeings blue glowy spirit]]. Con: you have to die to achieve this, and can apparently only communicate with living people in certain locations.
* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', the shock of dying in the Matrix is the last stimulus required to awaken Neo's powers.
** The trope technically also applies to Agent Smith as well, as Smith's "deletion" at the hands of Neo shortly after his powers as The One awakened was what resulted in his ability to [[MesACrowd duplicate himself]] and [[TheVirus take over Redpills and Bluepills alike]].
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* In ''Film/TheMatrix'', the shock of dying in the Matrix is the last stimulus required to awaken Neo's powers.
** The trope technically also applies to Agent Smith as well, as Smith's "deletion" at the hands of Neo shortly after his powers as The One awakened was what resulted in his ability to [[MesACrowd duplicate himself]] and [[TheVirus take over Redpills and Bluepills alike]].
* ''Franchise/StarWars'': Force Ghosts. Pro: you ascend to immortality as an incorporeal, almost indestructible [[EnergyBeings blue glowy spirit]]. Con: you have to die to achieve this, and can apparently only communicate with living people in certain locations.



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* In ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'', wizards can cast a "death curse", which is essentially a powerful CastFromHitpoints curse, on whoever killed them. However, the dying wizard needs to know their target to properly use death curse [[note]]Technically it can be used to target anyone, but if they want to take their attacker down with them...[[/note]]. Because of that, the invention of [[SniperRifle means of killing from extreme long range]] without the wizard knowing makes it much less of a disincentive for normal humans to kill them...
* In ''Literature/TheHollows'', when a human is first infected with the vampire virus, they gain some benefit but remain alive. Only once they die from some other cause do they become full-on undead and gain the full suite of powers (and the transformation isn't guaranteed unless the virus was passed down from a parent).
* The Draconians from ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}''. If they're lucky, they turn to stone or into a (dead) clone of themselves. Bad things include point-blank explosions, melting in a pool of acid, and a [[UpToEleven repeated, magical blast]].



* The Draconians from ''Literature/{{Dragonlance}}''. If they're lucky, they turn to stone or into a (dead) clone of themselves. Bad things include point-blank explosions, melting in a pool of acid, and a [[UpToEleven repeated, magical blast]].
* ''Literature/TheDresdenFiles'': Wizards can cast a "death curse", which is essentially a powerful CastFromHitpoints curse, on whoever killed them. However, the dying wizard needs to know their target to properly use death curse [[note]]Technically it can be used to target anyone, but if they want to take their attacker down with them...[[/note]]. Because of that, the invention of [[SniperRifle means of killing from extreme long range]] without the wizard knowing makes it much less of a disincentive for normal humans to kill them...
* In ''Literature/TheHollows'', when a human is first infected with the vampire virus, they gain some benefit but remain alive. Only once they die from some other cause do they become full-on undead and gain the full suite of powers (and the transformation isn't guaranteed unless the virus was passed down from a parent).



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* Jack Harkness in ''Series/DoctorWho'' and ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' is a fact of the universe, and hence it will never allow him to permanently die. As a result, he is immediately resurrected to the same state he was before his first death (more or less perfect health), with all physical and mental traumas healed.
** Apparently, being a "fact of the universe" doesn't prevent a giant hole in the Earth from making him mortal.
** He does mention at one point that his hair is slowly turning grey, so he may still be aging, just extremely slowly (he spends nearly 2000 years buried alive and comes out looking the same).
* Timelord regeneration may be an even better ''Doctor Who'' example. You get a new personality, temporary extreme regenerative abilities (you can regrow limbs), and an explodey light show which can be weaponised. Downsides include the death of your old personality, and temporary mental issues that go away after exactly one episode (or 'story' for the original run of the show).
** The downside is really only brought up by the Tenth Doctor at the end of his life, hammered home by his last words: "I don't want to go."
** It ''might'' be possible to regenerate without dying first; the Doctor has used some regeneration energy for other purposes a couple of times. And then there's the whole issue of Romana's repeated regenerations in ''Destiny of the Daleks'', where she takes on multiple new bodies in a row, apparently because she just felt like a change. The reasons for this and how it's possible have been addressed in works of dubious canonicity, and the show tends to pretend it never happened.
* WordOfGod says that the titular Series/JohnDoe gained his ability to know almost anything as a result of dying.
* Dean Winchester, and to a lesser extent Sam Winchester and Castiel, on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' all found out that because of their status as chosen vessels while they had died multiple times on and off screen God always brought them back. Unfortunately for Dean because he's [[spoiler: the Righteous Man and bearer of the Mark of Cain]] not only can he not die but he comes back [[CameBackWrong stronger and virtually unstoppable]]

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* Jack Harkness in ''Series/DoctorWho'' and ''Series/{{Torchwood}}'' is a fact of the universe, and hence it will never allow him to permanently die. As a result, he is immediately resurrected to the same state he was before his first death (more or less perfect health), with all physical and mental traumas healed.
''Series/{{Torchwood}}'':
** Apparently, being a "fact of the universe" doesn't prevent a giant hole in the Earth from making him mortal.
** He does mention at one point that his hair is slowly turning grey, so he may still be aging, just extremely slowly (he spends nearly 2000 years buried alive and comes out looking the same).
* Timelord regeneration may be an even better ''Doctor Who'' example.
[[TheNthDoctor Time Lord regeneration]]. You get a new personality, temporary extreme regenerative abilities (you can regrow limbs), and an explodey light show which can be weaponised. Downsides include the death of your old personality, and temporary mental issues that go away after exactly one episode (or 'story' for the original run of the show).
** *** The downside is really only brought up by the Tenth Doctor at the end of his life, hammered home by his last words: "I don't want to go."
** *** It ''might'' be possible to regenerate without dying first; the Doctor has used some regeneration energy for other purposes a couple of times. And then there's the whole issue of Romana's repeated regenerations in ''Destiny [[Recap/DoctorWhoS17E1DestinyOfTheDaleks "Destiny of the Daleks'', Daleks"]], where she takes on multiple new bodies in a row, apparently because she just felt like a change. The reasons for this and how it's possible have been addressed in works of dubious canonicity, and the show tends to pretend it never happened.
* WordOfGod says that the titular Series/JohnDoe gained his ability to know almost anything as ** Jack Harkness is a result of dying.
* Dean Winchester, and to a lesser extent Sam Winchester and Castiel, on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' all found out that because of their status as chosen vessels while they had died multiple times on and off screen God always brought them back. Unfortunately for Dean because he's [[spoiler: the Righteous Man and bearer
fact of the Mark universe, and hence it will never allow him to permanently die. As a result, he is immediately resurrected to the same state he was before his first death (more or less perfect health), with all physical and mental traumas healed.
*** Apparently, being a "fact
of Cain]] not only can the universe" doesn't prevent a giant hole in the Earth from making him mortal.
*** He does mention at one point that his hair is slowly turning grey, so
he not die but he may still be aging, just extremely slowly (he spends nearly 2000 years buried alive and comes back [[CameBackWrong stronger and virtually unstoppable]]out looking the same).



* WordOfGod says that the titular ''Series/JohnDoe'' gained his ability to know almost anything as a result of dying.
* In ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'', Takeru is killed by the first MonsterOfTheWeek, but comes back as... well, a Kamen Rider ghost, and is given a chance to earn his life back. However, the other Riders in the series are not ghosts.



* In ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'', Takeru is killed by the first MonsterOfTheWeek, but comes back as... well, a Kamen Rider ghost, and is given a chance to earn his life back. However, the other Riders in the series are not ghosts.

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* In ''Series/KamenRiderGhost'', Takeru is killed by Dean Winchester, and to a lesser extent Sam Winchester and Castiel, on ''Series/{{Supernatural}}'' all found out that because of their status as chosen vessels while they had died multiple times on and off screen God always brought them back. Unfortunately for Dean because he's [[spoiler: the first MonsterOfTheWeek, Righteous Man and bearer of the Mark of Cain]] not only can he not die but he comes back as... well, a Kamen Rider ghost, [[CameBackWrong stronger and is given a chance to earn his life back. However, the other Riders in the series are not ghosts.virtually unstoppable]]



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* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' has the Mask of Undeath. It's a MaskOfPower that allows mask-using characters to complete their tasks if they're fatally injured, the catch being that they first have to die, and that after the task is completed, the mask shuts off.
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': One of the [[Literature/SpaceWolf Space Wolves]] characters has a stasis bomb in place of a second heart. When he dies, the bomb activates and all models in base contact are removed from the game. Including [[HumongousMecha Titans]]. All affected are locked in a time loop, and forced to listen to his last laugh. Forever.
** Upon dying, Champion of Slaanesh Lucius the Eternal will automatically [[GrandTheftMe return to life in the body of whoever manages to kill him]] provided that his slayer drew any form of satisfaction from killing him, simultaneously [[YourSoulIsMine trapping his killer's soul in his armor]]. There are some ways of bypassing it, but it's not as simple as you'd think - after being killed by a landmine, he came back to life in the body of the poor worker who created the mine, and he even managed to hijack a Necron that killed him, despite Necrons normally feeling no emotions.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': One of the [[Literature/SpaceWolf Space Wolves]] characters has a stasis bomb in place of a second heart. When he dies, the bomb activates and all models in base contact are removed from the game. Including [[HumongousMecha Titans]]. All affected are locked in a time loop, and forced to listen to his last laugh. Forever.
** Upon dying, Champion of Slaanesh Lucius the Eternal will automatically [[GrandTheftMe return to life in the body of whoever manages to kill him]] provided that his slayer drew any form of satisfaction from killing him, simultaneously [[YourSoulIsMine trapping his killer's soul in his armor]]. There are some ways of bypassing it, but it's not as simple as you'd think - after being killed by a landmine, he came back to life in the body of the poor worker who created the mine, and he even managed to hijack a Necron that killed him, despite Necrons normally feeling no emotions.
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* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': Abyssal Exalted gain their powers by making a DealWithTheDevil[[note]]actually with the servants of the dead creators of the world, but close enough[[/note]] at the moment of death.
* ''TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters'': Sin Eaters are normal humans who, upon being killed were given a chance to [[DealWithTheDevil make a deal with a powerful kind of ghost known as a Geist]] to come back to life, while 'hosting' the Geist, giving it a chance to experience the living world once more. This comes with a suite of super-powers that the human will keep as long as the Geist shares their body, which is usually until a proper and final death.



* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': Abyssal Exalted gain their powers by making a DealWithTheDevil[[note]]actually with the servants of the dead creators of the world, but close enough[[/note]] at the moment of death.
* ''TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters'': Sin Eaters are normal humans who, upon being killed were given a chance to [[DealWithTheDevil make a deal with a powerful kind of ghost known as a Geist]] to come back to life, while 'hosting' the Geist, giving it a chance to experience the living world once more. This comes with a suite of super-powers that the human will keep as long as the Geist shares their body, which is usually until a proper and final death.

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* ''TabletopGame/{{Exalted}}'': Abyssal Exalted gain their powers by making a DealWithTheDevil[[note]]actually with the servants ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'': One of the dead creators [[Literature/SpaceWolf Space Wolves]] characters has a stasis bomb in place of a second heart. When he dies, the world, bomb activates and all models in base contact are removed from the game. Including [[HumongousMecha Titans]]. All affected are locked in a time loop, and forced to listen to his last laugh. Forever.
** Upon dying, Champion of Slaanesh Lucius the Eternal will automatically [[GrandTheftMe return to life in the body of whoever manages to kill him]] provided that his slayer drew any form of satisfaction from killing him, simultaneously [[YourSoulIsMine trapping his killer's soul in his armor]]. There are some ways of bypassing it,
but close enough[[/note]] at the moment of death.
* ''TabletopGame/GeistTheSinEaters'': Sin Eaters are normal humans who, upon
it's not as simple as you'd think - after being killed were given by a chance to [[DealWithTheDevil make a deal with a powerful kind of ghost known as a Geist]] to come landmine, he came back to life, while 'hosting' life in the Geist, giving it a chance to experience body of the living world once more. This comes with poor worker who created the mine, and he even managed to hijack a suite of super-powers Necron that the human will keep as long as the Geist shares their body, which is usually until a proper and final death.killed him, despite Necrons normally feeling no emotions.



[[folder:Toys]]
* ''Toys/{{Bionicle}}'' has the Mask of Undeath. It's a MaskOfPower that allows mask-using characters to complete their tasks if they're fatally injured, the catch being that they first have to die, and that after the task is completed, the mask shuts off.
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* In ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'', the altar of the Greater God Velorien will grant you great power if you've correctly made offerings to all the other gods. The catch is, you need to sacrifice ''yourself''. If you do it correctly, you are resurrected. A second, unadvertised catch is that characters with high technological aptitude are immune to magical resurrection, so you need to have a follower with a tech-based revive standing by.
* ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'' includes the unlockable Dark Knight ability "[[TakingYouWithMe See you in hell!]]", a quadruple-powered multitargeted attack which triggers upon the defeat of the user, and which cannot combo with Reraise. Be thankful the enemy dark knight doesn't have it equipped.
* In ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireDragonQuarter'', Ryu's [[HeroicRROD dragon transformation]] is firstly activated when Bosch stabs him.
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has several powers that you can only use upon defeat. Many, like Rise of the Phoenix and Soul Transfer, revive the user. Some like Vengeance and Fallout, are used to buff your allies or nuke your foes.
* Various monsters in ''{{VideoGame/Diablo}} II'' have devastating "cast upon death" abilities. The player characters can acquire some of those, too, a great aid in retrieving your own body.



* Various monsters in ''{{VideoGame/Diablo}} II'' have devastating "cast upon death" abilities. The player characters can acquire some of those, too, a great aid in retrieving your own body.
* Albert Wesker from ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' gains his powers after his death due to a virus he injected himself with.
* Phoenix in ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''. If she dies with five super meters stocked, she resurrects as her SuperPoweredEvilSide, Dark Phoenix.



* One Cyberware implant available in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' is [[ILoveNuclearPower a tactical nuclear device implanted in the skull]]. It can be detonated by remote or, of course, [[TakingYouWithMe dying]].
* In ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'', the altar of the Greater God Velorien will grant you great power if you've correctly made offerings to all the other gods. The catch is, you need to sacrifice ''yourself''. If you do it correctly, you are resurrected. A second, unadvertised catch is that characters with high technological aptitude are immune to magical resurrection, so you need to have a follower with a tech-based revive standing by.

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* One Cyberware implant available in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' ''VideoGame/GhostTrick's'' titular abilities are granted upon death under a certain condition. The recipient's soul is [[ILoveNuclearPower a tactical nuclear device implanted in free to move around between objects, and among several possible ghost powers like object manipulation, there's the skull]]. It can be detonated by remote or, of course, [[TakingYouWithMe dying]].
* In ''VideoGame/ArcanumOfSteamworksAndMagickObscura'',
ability to go back in time 4 minutes before someone's death [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong in order to avert it]]. This doesn't work on the altar recipient's own body of the Greater God Velorien will grant you great power if you've correctly made offerings to all the other gods. The catch is, you need to sacrifice ''yourself''. If you do it correctly, you are resurrected. A second, unadvertised catch is that characters with high technological aptitude are immune to magical resurrection, so you need to have a follower with a tech-based revive standing by.course.



* In ''Videogame/TowerFall'', a setting in multiplayer lets killed players return as ghosts. Ghosts bump into opponents to kill them, but can still be killed by a jump on the head or an arrow.

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* In ''Videogame/TowerFall'', a setting Phoenix in multiplayer lets killed players return ''VideoGame/MarvelVsCapcom3''. If she dies with five super meters stocked, she resurrects as ghosts. Ghosts bump into opponents to kill them, but can still be killed by a jump on the head or an arrow.her SuperPoweredEvilSide, Dark Phoenix.



* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', the priest class has a talent technically called Spirit of Redemption, but usually referred to as [[FanNickname Improved Death]]. When the priest is killed, they temporarily become a [[OurAngelsAreDifferent spirit healer]] which allows casting of all healing spells at no mana cost.
** The shaman class has the Reincarnation spell, which immediately resurrects you on death. It's sometimes called the "shaman Slow Fall", because when you're faced with a huge cliff you need to get down ''now'', you don't have time to find a mage to cast Slow Fall on you. Go ahead, leap off the cliff, splat at the bottom, and then come back to life!
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has several powers that you can only use upon defeat. Many, like Rise of the Phoenix and Soul Transfer, revive the user. Some like Vengeance and Fallout, are used to buff your allies or nuke your foes.
* Gill in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' has his Resurrection Super Art, which revives him with full health (25% if he is hit out of it at the right time) upon his defeat. Given his {{SNKBoss}} tendencies, this is something the player doesn't want to happen.

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* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', the priest class has a talent technically called Spirit of Redemption, but usually referred to as [[FanNickname Improved Death]]. When the priest is killed, they temporarily become a [[OurAngelsAreDifferent spirit healer]] which allows casting of all healing spells at no mana cost.
** The shaman class has the Reincarnation spell, which immediately resurrects you on death. It's sometimes called the "shaman Slow Fall", because when you're faced with a huge cliff you need to get down ''now'', you don't have time to find a mage to cast Slow Fall on you. Go ahead, leap off the cliff, splat at the bottom, and then come back to life!
* ''VideoGame/CityOfHeroes'' has several
Albert Wesker from ''Franchise/ResidentEvil'' gains his powers that you can only use upon defeat. Many, like Rise of the Phoenix and Soul Transfer, revive the user. Some like Vengeance and Fallout, are used to buff your allies or nuke your foes.
* Gill in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' has
after his Resurrection Super Art, which revives him with full health (25% if death due to a virus he is hit out of it at the right time) upon his defeat. Given his {{SNKBoss}} tendencies, this is something the player doesn't want to happen.injected himself with.



* ''VideoGame/GhostTrick's'' titular abilities are granted upon death under a certain condition. The recipient's soul is free to move around between objects, and among several possible ghost powers like object manipulation, there's the ability to go back in time 4 minutes before someone's death [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong in order to avert it]]. This doesn't work on the recipient's own body of course.
* In ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireDragonQuarter'', Ryu's [[HeroicRROD dragon transformation]] is firstly activated when Bosch stabs him.
* ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'' includes the unlockable Dark Knight ability "[[TakingYouWithMe See you in hell!]]", a quadruple-powered multitargeted attack which triggers upon the defeat of the user, and which cannot combo with Reraise. Be thankful the enemy dark knight doesn't have it equipped.

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* ''VideoGame/GhostTrick's'' titular abilities are granted One Cyberware implant available in ''TabletopGame/{{Shadowrun}}'' is [[ILoveNuclearPower a tactical nuclear device implanted in the skull]]. It can be detonated by remote or, of course, [[TakingYouWithMe dying]].
* Gill in ''VideoGame/StreetFighterIII'' has his Resurrection Super Art, which revives him with full health (25% if he is hit out of it at the right time)
upon death under a certain condition. The recipient's soul his defeat. Given his {{SNKBoss}} tendencies, this is free to move around between objects, and among several possible ghost powers like object manipulation, there's something the ability to go back in time 4 minutes before someone's death [[SetRightWhatOnceWentWrong in order to avert it]]. This player doesn't work want to happen.
* In ''Videogame/TowerFall'', a setting in multiplayer lets killed players return as ghosts. Ghosts bump into opponents to kill them, but can still be killed by a jump
on the recipient's own body of course.
* In ''VideoGame/BreathOfFireDragonQuarter'', Ryu's [[HeroicRROD dragon transformation]] is firstly activated when Bosch stabs him.
* ''VideoGame/BravelyDefault'' includes the unlockable Dark Knight ability "[[TakingYouWithMe See you in hell!]]", a quadruple-powered multitargeted attack which triggers upon the defeat of the user, and which cannot combo with Reraise. Be thankful the enemy dark knight doesn't have it equipped.
head or an arrow.



* In ''VideoGame/WorldOfWarcraft'', the priest class has a talent technically called Spirit of Redemption, but usually referred to as [[FanNickname Improved Death]]. When the priest is killed, they temporarily become a [[OurAngelsAreDifferent spirit healer]] which allows casting of all healing spells at no mana cost.
** The shaman class has the Reincarnation spell, which immediately resurrects you on death. It's sometimes called the "shaman Slow Fall", because when you're faced with a huge cliff you need to get down ''now'', you don't have time to find a mage to cast Slow Fall on you. Go ahead, leap off the cliff, splat at the bottom, and then come back to life!



* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' mentions that this sort of power is hard to predict; even Hereti-Corp scientists don't consider their test subjects expendable enough to test for this.

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* ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' mentions The ''Webcomic/FreakAngels'' already have powers like telepathy and telekinesis, but they gradually discover that this sort if one of power them is hard to predict; killed they become even Hereti-Corp scientists don't consider their test subjects expendable enough to test for this.more powerful after reviving.



* The ''Webcomic/FreakAngels'' already have powers like telepathy and telekinesis, but they gradually discover that if one of them is killed they become even more powerful after reviving.

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* The ''Webcomic/FreakAngels'' already have powers like telepathy and telekinesis, but they gradually discover ''Webcomic/SluggyFreelance'' mentions that if one this sort of them power is killed they become hard to predict; even more powerful after reviving.Hereti-Corp scientists don't consider their test subjects expendable enough to test for this.



* Servants in ''Literature/TheZombieKnight''. If a normal person dies a reaper will probably just ferry their soul, but one may decide instead to take a person on as a "servant." Servants get free unlimited resurrection and healing factor, super strength and slowly developing superpowers.

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* Servants in ''Literature/TheZombieKnight''. If a normal person dies a reaper will probably just ferry their soul, but one may decide instead to take a person on as a "servant." "servant". Servants get free unlimited resurrection and healing factor, super strength and slowly developing superpowers.



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